When looking through the Dallas Cowboys’ roster, you might be taken back by the number of second year players currently on the roster. The Cowboys have turned a corner in the past few seasons and a now truly a team of young and promising players. But which players from the 2012 Draft class are poised to have a breakout season in 2013?
We’ve all heard of the sophomore slump. Second year players, who have excelled in their freshman year, have a perceived tendency to hit a wall in their development within their second season. But a lot of Dallas’ sophomore players never even had a chance to hit the field last year. The biggest name on that list is probably safety Matt Johnson. Drafted out of Eastern Washington by the Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Johnson missed his entire rookie season with a hamstring injury. Now he has been penciled in as the starter next to safety Barry Church.
Another name on that unseen, unknown list is wideout Danny Coale. His future prospects with the Cowboys are a little more blurry then Johnson. The fifth round pick out of Virginia Tech suffered a stress fracture in his foot that caused him to be cut before the season started. He was then placed on the Cowboys practice squad and suffered an ACL injury in November, never seeing the field. Dallas selected wideout Terrance Williams in this year’s draft, creating a bottleneck at the receiver position. Coale’s chances of making the team will now solely rely on his play through training camp.
Last on this list is inside linebacker Caleb McSurdy. The seventh round pick out of Montana tore his Achilles tendon in training camp and never even sniffed the regular season. Major question marks surround him, especially since the Cowboys defense has now switched schemes to a 4-3 style.
The Cowboys have bigger named sophomore players like Morris Claiborne, Tyrone Crawford and James Hanna who are sure to have an impact on the 2013 season. But could one of these unseen, unknown players come out of literally nowhere to have the biggest breakout year? Tell us what you think by voting in our poll below.